Thursday, August 9, 2012

Historic Homes of Amelia Island

I did not immediately fall for Amelia Island.

I don't know quite what I expected, but I must admit that I was a little disappointed when we first reached this lesser-known Florida destination. It seemed quiet and low-key -- which is nice, of course -- but I didn't know if the island held promise for more.

Well, sometimes the best relationships start out that way.

We scheduled a horse-drawn carriage ride the first evening we arrived, and when we reached Amelia Island's Historic Fernandina Beach, I began to fall in love. It seemed everywhere I looked there was another beautiful home, tempting cafe or intriguing shop to discover. Join me as we take a look at some of the homes clustered around the charming downtown.

I couldn't wait to visit The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast for afternoon tea. I'll share details of our lovely afternoon in an upcoming post.

Although I was slow to warm to Amelia Island, by the end of our first evening the charms of Fernandina Beach had won me over. Join me tomorrow to discover some of the best shops and restaurants the island has to offer. I know you'll fall in love with Amelia Island, too!

Please vote for me in Taste of Home's search for Mrs. Holiday! You can find my video submission by liking this page here. I would appreciate your daily vote. And be sure to enter the Kat-n-Ty giveaway here. I will announce the winner tomorrow.


Heather L. said...

My family has been going to Amelia Island for over 38 years! We actually haven't gone the past few years, and I've missed it so much. We always stay at Amelia Island Plantation and then go to Fernandina Beach for dinner every night. I love that place so much! I have so many wonderful memories there. I love seeing your pictures!!!

Melissa Lester said...

Thanks, Heather! I would love to know your favorite spots there. I was intrgued by Le Clos, but we didn't get to try it. From the looks of it, I think I would love it. But I'm not sure if it is child-friendly, or a place to save for a date night.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Reminds me so much of some of the gorgeous Antebellum homes in South Louisiana. Enjoyed the tour!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I love, love, love those houses. Your family picture was beautiful! Thanks for sharing. By the way, I have voted for you every day. xooxoxo


craftmom said...

Melissa, I quite enjoy following your blog. I enjoyed the Amelia Island blog post, and hope you and your family had a memorable vacation. I just watched your video today(I don't get to check in daily with my two young children at home), I have to say your blog has inspired me to do more for my family. My mother has also passed away from Multiple Myeloma, and to see all the love that you put in to making a happy, memorable home for your family has inspired me to do the same. Your creativity reminds me so much of my mother, and sadly growing up I didn't want to help my mother, so I never learned from her. However, I have and will continue to share some of your ideas with my family, and be inspired. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have enabled me to help create wonderful parties and teas for my daughter, and I have bookmarked the ones for my son when he is older. Many blessings to you and your family!

Melissa Lester said...

Lea, I would love to explore more of South Louisiana!

Debbi, thank you, thank you, thank you!

And CraftMom, I'm so sorry for your loss. Our family had never heard of multiple myeloma before Mother's diagnosis. Remembering the gifts of love she gave us inpspires me to want to pass that legacy of comfort and security on. Bless you as you make memories with your family!

Golf at Amelia Island Plantation said...

I enjoyed reading your blog and viewing the lovely photos of the historic and beautiful homes in Fernandina Beach. We are so fortunate to have our resort on such a unique island steeped in natural beauty and rich history. We look forward to your return!

LeeAnne said...

Thank you for this beautiful walk down Memory Lane - Bobby and I honeymooned on Amelia Island 14 years ago! We stayed at the beautiful Fairbanks House B&B, which is the second home pictured in this post. We enjoyed visiting many of the same places that your family did - Fort Clinch, downtown Fernandina Beach, and of course the beach itself. Wonderful little town!

Blog Widget by LinkWithin